Mike Monteiro gave a great talk at the March 2011 San Francisco, CreativeMornings about making sure design professionals get paid for the work they do and the importance of contracts and attorneys, entitled F*uck You. Pay Me. Mike is the Design Director, and co-founder of Mule Design Studio. This event took place on March 25, 2011 and was sponsored by Happy Cog and Typekit. via Swissmiss
Toilet Paper Magazine, a Recent collaboration between artist Maurizio Cattelan and photographer Pierpaolo Ferrariis, is a “new generation” magazine that combines commercial photography, twisted narratives and surrealistic imaginary to create a series of powerful visual tableaux. Maurizio Cattelan, a strong and provocatory artist, is challenging again the limits of contemporary value system of which he is part. This time he teases the ambitious world of magazine publishers and serious art critics. He is not afraid to build a bridge between the commercial photography and art. The photographs visualize the ideas of the artist and are created in collaboration with a well known Italian photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari. In an interview for the Italian edition of Vogue Ferrari comments on the new magazine : “The magazine springs from a passion/ obsession that Maurizio and I have in common. Each picture springs from an idea, even a simple one, and then becomes a complex orchestration of people who build tableaux vivants. This project is also a sort of mental outburst.” via designboom and Toilet Paper Magazine
Recompose is a new system for manipulation of an actuated surface. By collectively utilizing the body as a tool for direct manipulation alongside gestural input for functional manipulation, they show how a user is afforded unprecedented control over an actuated surface. It was developed by Matt Blackshaw, David Lákatos, Anthony Devincenzi, Daniel Leithinger, Hiroshi Ishii from MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group. They describe a number of interaction techniques exploring the shared space of direct and gestural input, demonstrating how their combined use can greatly enhance creation and manipulation beyond unaided human capability. Check out the video below. via media.mit.edu/recompose
Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen uses rapid prototyping for her Escapism couture collection which just debuted during the haute couture week in Paris S/S 2011. The collection is a collaboration between Iris van Herpen and architect Daniel Wildrig and is produced by .MGX by Materialise. Escapism is about the addiction of constantly escaping reality by digital entertainment, something that is a big part of everybody’s world today.
Iris van Herpen’s collection expresses her own concept of the ‘escapism’ – “something viewed as the exaggerations and excesses that result of the digital age, and are eagerly swallowed by the public in general. It’s all about how people find their own ways to reject reality through entertainment addictions.” Iris presents a future that is “a mix of nature blended with technology, her imaginary hereafter is not the usual space age that we see as our future.” The whole collection is about “mixing craftsmanship, unsung old forgotten techniques and innovation involving the procedure of rapid prototyping. The ability of melting both the past and the future of fashion together into something new is a recurrent theme.” via i.materialise blog
Life will kill you is a temporary installation for the Revolve Clothing showroom in west hollywood by LA based architects Molly Hunker and Gregory Corso. To stand in contrast to the high-fashion clothing of the boutique, an everyday industrial material, the zip tie, is aggregated to create a floating volume that nestles below an existing soffit. The design is intended to explore the edge between aggression and elegance through material sensibility, overall form, and visual effect. The cloud-like volume is created by a double-sided surface composed of over 100,000 zip ties. The exterior surface of the volume is an aggregation of longer, wider white zip ties while the interior is comprised of shorter and finer colored zip ties. the resulting bulging form offers ever-changing glimpses of blurred yet vivid color combinations as the zip ties layer on top of one another in the predominantly black and white store interior. via Molly Hunker and Everyone Should Follow Everything I Follow*